One-third of Germans allowed to watch World Cup at work

One-third of Germans allowed to watch World Cup at work
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The German football team’s second World Cup match takes place during working hours on Friday, but according to a new poll, not all of the country’s employers will allow workers to watch the game on the job.

The Germany-Serbia game takes place from 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm – but according to the survey conducted for Manager Magazin, 59 percent of the country’s workers are unlikely to gain permission to watch.

About 1,000 personnel managers told Munich based pollster Ifo-Institut that work time rules, shift work, regular customer contact and production goals made doing their employees such a kindness too difficult.

The one-third of bosses that will likely allow their workers to support their team mainly belong to larger companies with more than 250 employees, the poll found. But the time away from desks isn’t a freebie – 88 percent of managers who allow the game break expect their employees to make up the time later.

Just 12 percent of companies said they would keep their employees on the clock during the football game, the magazine reported. The largest portion of these (23 percent) worked in commercial enterprises or had fewer than 50 employees (18 percent).

The Ifo poll results were included in the company’s quarterly “Flexindex” survey, which measures employers’ flexibility in the workplace.

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